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  • Article: Nov 9, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I don't know whether any of your readers agree with me that it is time Cheshire East did away with settlement agreements that forbid the signatures from discussing their time at the council.

    They are paid public servants and as such their responsibilities do not end when they leave the council.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I note the article in the Chronicle on the Cheshire East's The Voice publication.

    There has also been a recent copy of Congleton's Bear Facts newsletter distributed.

    While not suggesting that these are promotional, it seems unfortunate that both are being read at the time of an important by-election in the town.

  • Article: Oct 26, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The saga surrounding the Congleton Multi Academy Trust raises some interesting questions around autonomy, democracy and openness.Usually if you join an organisation you are free to leave at any time.

    We don't know the details around the circumstances around the formation of this and other trusts.

  • Article: Oct 19, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I write with reference to Labour member Richard Walton's letter, p41 of last week's Chronicle concerning the attendance record of Congleton town councillors regarding the forthcoming by-election in Congleton Town West Ward.

    Though attending meetings is important, it is not the only task of town councillors.

  • Article: Oct 12, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The credit ratings agency Moody's recent decision to downgrade the UK's rating again, from AA1 to AA2, after depriving it of its AAA rating following the Brexit vote, is further evidence, if it is needed, of the calamitous effect on our economy of leaving the EU.

    We still have no idea of the terms of our Brexit deal with the EU and despite Theresa May's warm words, the fi nancial markets, businesses and economic experts all predict that this will be worse than anyone anticipated last June.

  • Article: Oct 5, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I agree with Trevor Boxer, in last week's Chronicle that Cheshire East should plant more trees.

    As well as replacing those lost to disease, new developments and other causes, the borough generally suffers from a lack of trees.

    The advantages, as he mentions, are many and include more biodiversity, less water runoff helping to reduce fl ooding, less pollution, a brighter visual scene and a calming infl uence perhaps even reducing road rage.

  • Article: Sep 30, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In his otherwise excellent letter on car taxes, p40, 14th September, Peter Cuthbert says: "If one takes the moral stance (ie Christian/Socialist) that the government should promote 'the greatest good for the greatest number' (Jeremy Bentham), then we would expect them to take steps to address such inequalities."

  • Article: Sep 28, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With a town by-election in Congleton West now imminent and scheduled for November, this is an excellent opportunity for the electorate of that ward to express their opinion of our local political leaders.

    Those who read the Chronicle must be aware of the evolving crisis that is the Conservativecontrolled Cheshire East's regular contribution to that newspaper's weekly news.

  • Article: Sep 7, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Coun Les Gilbert in his response to Mathew Proctor's letter concerning the air monitoring scandal in last week's Chronicle states: "Elected members are not involved in the dayto-day operational delivery of council services."

    Might I suggest that that is part of the weakness of Cheshire East's culture at present.

  • Article: Aug 31, 2017
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While respecting Coun Sam Corcoran's knowledge of his local community and desire to see public money is correctly spent and accounted for, it seems he is becoming slightly careless with his words.

    In last week's Chronicle's letter pages, page 35, he goes on about some white lines on Parkhouse Drive in Sandbach, which he feels are unnecessary or even misleading.

    the white lines came about was through the Cheshire East minor highways works, a group of about a dozen Congleton constituency councillors who meet two or three times a year for 2-3 hours to discuss how to spend a pot of about £40,000 for small highways works."

    I can only assume that he means Cheshire East constituency councillors, as the area he refers to is in Sandbach, not Congleton. This being a highways issue, there are only six Congleton councillors and why should Congleton town councillors be deciding about issues in Sandbach?